MUSIC > UMM … DROP

By Katherine Silkaitis

Ian McCarthy and Conservative Man

Over the past six years songwriter Ian McCarthy has transformed his Conservative Man project from the solo stylings of a music-school dropout to a full-fledged band that radiates warmth, energy and a heavy dose of imagination.

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Posted Dec. 29, 2009 | Comments: 1

MUSIC > UMM … DROP

By Katherine Silkaitis

Shawn Kilroy

When Shawn Kilroy began playing guitar and writing songs in ninth grade, he was admittedly perplexed. “I couldn’t reconcile my love of the Beatles with my love of Bauhaus,” he says. “They seemed so far apart and so totally different from one another, and I felt like a phony if I admitted I liked both of them as much as I did.”

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Posted Dec. 22, 2009 | Comments: 4

MUSIC > UMM … DROP

By Katherine Silkaitis

Grimace Federation

“I don’t think I really ever paid attention to Black Sabbath, and then I got their first couple albums, and then [percussionist Zack Zweig] gave me all these Hum records and then I saw Tool play,” Wes Schwartz explains.“I went to 10 metal shows in a row.”

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Posted Dec. 15, 2009 | Comments: 1

MUSIC > UMM … DROP

By Katherine Silkaitis

Delco Nightingale

The barely year-old quartet Delco Nightingale doesn’t play rough-and-tumble crust punk, but instead travels back to the 1940s, channelling the ghosts of Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and George Gershwin.

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Posted Dec. 8, 2009 | Comments: 5

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